[access-uk] Re: "New" access plan?

Hi,
I am using an imac which already comes with speech built in. What we need is 
more devices on the market that already have speech built in. Not another 
progame. It seems to me that the only way foreward is for more manufactures to 
build their products with disabled people in mind?
David Weston.
On 14 Jul 2011, at 22:02, Ken Reid wrote:

> All, and especially the more technical among you,
>  
> I recently met with a person who is interested in developing an access tool 
> that he feels will make life a lot easier for blind and partially sighted PC 
> users.  Below is a description of what he is thinking about.
>  
> If you have any feedback on this, I will forward it to the originator.  This 
> may be "great idea, why didn't somebody think of this sooner", or "it's been 
> done already" - if so where?
>  
> Thanks.
>  
> One sentence
> 
> 
> Voice led clients to access the popular services of the day, initially email, 
> calendar, web, twitter. A client in this sense is a program that facilitates 
> access, like an email client is the program one uses to read one's email.
> 
> Summary
> 
> 
> The screen reader is a layer placed on top of existing software applications. 
> It allows the user to interact with these programs. Most of these programs 
> access services that are standard. The most common computing activity of the 
> day is web browsing. Why have a separate web browser driven by a screen 
> reader? Instead, let's create a new web browser that is designed specifically 
> for speech output.
> 
> Let's not stop there. Let's do the same for email, for calendaring, for 
> twitter. Let's create a suite of tools that are specifically engineered to 
> offer outstanding user experience where the principle interaction method is 
> sound.
> 
> These are voice led clients. Software programs that facilitate access to 
> services through voice.
> 
> Once those voice clients exist, let's create a network of users around those 
> clients. Allow users to share relevant data. For example, allow a user to 
> share some notes on how to most easily navigate Tesco's web site by voice. 
> Allow a user to suggest an alternative site that achieves the same purpose 
> but that's easier to use through voice.
> 
> In effect, this creates a meta layer that sits over the top of the web. This 
> meta information signposts users to the critical data within pages, provides 
> speed enhancements, and empowers consumers. Allow the community of voice led 
> users to reward businesses that make voice led interaction easier, faster, 
> smoother.
> 
> Empower voice led users to take ownership of their own web experience.
> 
> Ken
> 
> 

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